Drone shows devastation of California wildfires as the death toll climbs to 63

Mail Online | 11/16/2018 | Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com;Associated Press
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Horrifying before and after aerial photos have revealed the devastation in a California town as the wildfire death toll rises to 63, 631 are reported missing and the smoke is so strong, it's blocking out the sun.

Aerial photos show the Paradise Mobile Estates that once housed hundreds of displaced residents in the area.

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The search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday and authorities said the list of those reported missing had expanded.

At least 63 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles north of San Francisco.

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A man was shot and killed after a high-speed chase with a police officer in one of the evacuation zones of the Camp Fire.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Thursday that the shooting happened at about 11am on Thursday.

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Local stations reported that the shooting happened in an area near the town of Concow, which is in the zone where more than 50,000 people evacuated.

The sheriff's office says the shooting is under investigation but no other details were provided.

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The Camp Fire now ranks as one of the most lethal single US wildfires since the turn of the last century.

Smoke from the fire is so thick that 'it prevents the sunlight from reaching the surface', Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told Bloomberg. 'It prevents surface heating,' she added.

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The smoke has lowered surface temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the US National Weather Service.

Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced through Paradise, a town of 27,000 residents.

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Nearly 9,500 homes and other buildings, including...
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